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08-20-2010, 05:22 PM   #61
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I feel a squeeze coming. Single model replaces, for now, the D5000 and D90? If the 3100 kit is USD $700, then a step is needed $900-$1,000 for simple kit. D5100?

But it would compete directly with D90 at that range, compared as body-only.

Discontinue D90? They certainly don't want to drop the price and keep it on the market. So it gets dumped while we wait for them to work out the market now shared between the D90 and nicely-sealed D300s (now $1,500 at B&H). D300s video isn't exciting but at that point we're moving out the mass market and family memory keeper. It has a bit of staying power.

I'm sure Nikon will revamp nearly the entire line in the next six months.

But I'm spending my time watching Pentax. That's a purchase I may make.

08-20-2010, 06:04 PM   #62
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Here's my input.

Pentax really needs to hit home base with video. Only because it is currently the hottest and latest trend in dSLR. They need to hit home run with the auto focus and manual controls. Because as of right now, it seems Canon is the top dog in that category. If Pentax can put out their two models with those features along with the currenty pentax underdog pricing. I think a lot of users will switch boat.


Just IMO.
08-20-2010, 06:26 PM   #63
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QuoteOriginally posted by ManuH Quote
It's a K-x killer. If the price is similar, the K-x will have a hard time to sell. So the K-r will probably be the updated K-x with the 14Mp sensor and probably a bunch of goodies thrown in like AF leds.
You can pre-order the kit from BH at $699.

Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR 25472 -

Edit: If this thing had 2 wheels like the D70s had, it would be really impressive.
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In Nikon D3100 is not a Sony sensor, it's Nikon designed an Renesas produced.

QuoteOriginally posted by Thom Hogan:
One curious aspect of the D3100 is the sensor. "Nikon developed" appears in the marketing materials, and the sensor is indeed not the same one as in the Sony NEX5 (as originally speculated) in several key ways, one of which is physical size, the other pixel count. The Nikon 14mp sensor has slightly more pixel count in a slightly smaller area than the Sony. Indeed, the area is no longer what I'd call DX. The D5000, D90, and D300 have a sensor area of 23.6 x 15.8 (28.4 diagonal), while the D3100 has a sensor area of 23.1 x 15.4 (27.8 diagonal). This represents a loss of about 2% in image circle coverage needed. We're now at 1.55x crop as opposed to the old 1.52x. It's an unusual change, but the bottom line is that the Nikon and Sony 14mp sensors are indeed different in important ways. But I'll repeat: the proof is in the pudding. We need to test the new sensor on live subjects before making any useful pronouncements about it.

Update: I've now heard even more details about the D3100 sensor and from a few sources closer to Nikon Japan. It does indeed appear that Nikon has moved to producing their own sensors. They may be licensing or cooperating on some of the underlying technologies, but it appears that Nikon has decided that Nikon DSLRs will in the future have Nikon-controlled and Nikon-exclusive sensors. That they haven't chosen to make a bigger deal of this is strange. And some parts of Nikon appear not to have gotten the memo on this, as I've seen quotes from Nikon personnel in some subsidiaries that say "Sony sensor."


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QuoteOriginally posted by Bare Quote
In Nikon D3100 is not a Sony sensor, it's Nikon designed an Renesas produced.
This has been said about the D3 and D700 and a few other Nikon sensors as well. Renesas is a more likely source for other components therefore isn't out of the possibility that they would make other things for Nikon. BTW, interesting 1st post.
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